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I'm looking for a little sailboat to take camping, that can also be rowed if need be in calm conditions. I'm thinking of taking it up to Georgian Bay and exploring all those coves and inlets, pulling it up on shore at night and camping. So my main use would be sailing, but rowing as a no-wind alternative means of propulsion. Would the Saroca be a good option here, or are there better sailing vessels (like the lemonseed) that would be better?
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How does she sail? I'm interested in a sailboat that I can row if the wind dies, not a row boat that "kind of" sails when the wind comes up..... It sounds like it's a great rowboat, what about the sailing aspect. Ideally, I'm interested in using it as a beachcombing camping boat, one that I can sail from beach to beach and pull up on shore at night, with enough cargo room for a week of camping. Any thoughts? thanks!
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I have owned a SAROCA for about a year now and have sailed it in the mouth of the Piscataqua River about 25 times (I live in Kittery Point, ME) . I've experienced wind between light & variable up to about 12 knots. 12 knots is all but I can bear when it comes to making a jibe or running down wind with this craft.

Her beam is not to be desired from a sailboat stand point, just a bit too narrow (understandable for the multipurpose vessel she is). She also has a soft chine which is also only existent in the center of the hull. This makes her buoyancy "sweet spot" on a good lean quite narrow and a bit precarious.

Her sail is very large, very fast boat and loads of fun! Picture a Lazer sailing set up, that is very close to what she has. Windy days are a blast but lets say that I've had the "pucker factor" more than once and after a couple windy days, my wife now watches me from the shoreline.

The sculling package is great and my wife and I take the boat out at least 3 days a week in the warm seasons (about 35 times so far). Great craft for 2 people.

I don't want to scare you off with the sailing aspects, I'm accustomed to racing dinghy's (420s / FJs) and so I'm being critical when it comes to sailing hull design. She fairs well and I would highly recommend this for sailing in freshwater scenarios. The sail can be reefed (original design) newer ones have a mast which is a 3 piece and can be used with just 2 pieces for less performance but more stability.

She has lots of room and is very light. I'll attach some pictures later, got to go right now.

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Looks like I'm required to have 2 posts before posting pictures..... now I have 2 posts :0) Pictures next.
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Looks like a neat little boat. Thanks for following up. Is yours one of the ones mentioned for sale earlier in the thread?
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geoh posted earlier in this thread with one for sale,,, I'm pretty sure geoh is the person I bought her from. I came across it on Craigslist though, didn't know what a SAROCA was before that.

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New Jersey: saroca available

I have a saroca that is in good shape, but is missing the mast and boom. (I picked it up at a garage sale, but never received the mast.) It has a trailer and all other parts such as motor mount, centerboard, sail, etc. I can't store it any longer so I'm willing to let it go for $100 or best offer.
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How heavy are these boats? Are they more like a canoe with a sail, or more of a sailboat that can be used as a canoe. I have never seen one of them before. I dont need one, but the more I look at one I like it.
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It's much heavier than than a typical canoe. So I guess I would say it's more of a sailboat that can be used as a canoe. I've owned one for about 10 years but haven't used it since I bought my "big" boat a few years ago. My daughters were asking me about getting it out of the garage this summer and actually using it. It really does everything reasonably well, but as was stated in earlier posts it does not do anything exceptionally well. Overall, I would say it is a good boat.
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